One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ten-point scale used to express the local intensity of an earthquake.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Science. From the names of Michele Stefano Conte de Rossi, Italian geologist, and François-Alphonse Forel, Swiss physician and limnologist + scale.
Rossi–Forel scale/ˌrɒsifəˈrɛl skɛɪl/
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